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Collecting or Hoarding? The treatment of dead enemies

There must come a stage in a person’s life when one considers “meaning”. I must admit being drawn to the Hoarders series on Discovery. Endless episodes detail the traumatic experiences that have led to, what must be, a good proportion of Americans to literally be… Read More

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I love being off work! Am I ready to retire ? Yes. Are my finances ready for me to retire? God, no! There’s a lot to be said though for doing what you like doing! Don’t worry this is not one of those blogs that… Read More

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Wargames painting – I can see clearly now!

Historians have written about the great turning points of history. The development of grass- seed in Mesopotamia , the three field system, the steam engine , all these maybe described as ‘transformational!’ But, were they really? Can they really compare with the revolutionary potential of… Read More

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Mark Fry’s Thornbury L’art de la Guerre Augustus

The Thornbury 100s1 day – 100pts – 28mm LadG Competition – 4 games – 8 players                                                           … Read More

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Sunday Round up (without Monday Morning Blues)

It’s been a productive week hobby wise. Nevermind the six miniatures a week minimum, we’re up into the low forties. Even The Despertaferres Jugend have been painting this week ( next week’s article😥). First off I finally managed to get these Armenian hillmen finished. I… Read More

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Bank holiday Blues…

  The family are together, the election is being discussed……time to visit the man-cave. My regular reader will know that the boxes of miniatures are very much reduced. Two parcels are on the way so more room is needed. It was twenty years ago that… Read More

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Cold Turkey

“As senior rooster ’round here, it’s my duty, and my pleasure, to instruct junior roosters in the ancient art of roostery”

Well we are in the New Year and like everyone else in my orbit I’m skint. Not just , ” if asked by a beggar by the cash point -skint” or even, ” when asked by the wife -skint”. Today, dear friends I stand before you, “proper skint”. But as always, we have a plan, the Tercio Despertaferres Movement invite you to join our 2017 ” non-judgemental” New Year trimming of the sails. This is not quite the advertised Cold Turkey but “we” are in a jam and “you” are going to get us out……

Step One- Is there anything in your possession that can be sold? This a tricky one as no sooner have you sold the merchandise, some swine will suggest that we play again. Top of my ponder list is Bolt Action? Good system, great models but it seems to be out of favour with my pals. For the price of a new ruleset I would be able to at least play with my Americans. I may even get round to finishing those cartoon Germans that were last year’s must-have. The verdict? Don’t buy the rules until I have painted those Germans. 

Flames of War I hear you ask? Too much money spent on the artistry of Paul Cummins and Dave Sheppard to get rid. Version Four of the rules is just around the courier and it may be the shot in the arm that the system needs. More figure at the painters already so the scope for economising is minimal. 

15mm ancients and medievals I hear you shout? Sad to say but a great many old friends amongst this lot and they are in regular use? The plan is to finish enough new figures to finish off incomplete armies. Hundreds of Norman types to be painted so that means no further purchases necessary until backlog clears. Fifteen bases of ECW on the painting table.

I do miss Flames of War!

Napoleonics is of course very hot at the moment. I’ll publish pictures of my first three battalions this weekend. The purchase of miniatures from Brigadegames in the US was an expensive detour. Beautiful miniatures but three of the dragoons have have locks that I can’t see how to replace and another three came with swords that had to be replaced. Oh dear! I’ve got Blucher and all the cards. “Over the Hills” appeared over the Christmas! No more spending needed here.

Stage Two. Do what you enjoy. I can honestly say that I now actually enjoy painting. Compared to drink or divorce it is of course quite cheap.

Painting with a friend could of course be grounds for divorce!

Stage three

Can I avoid buying more “stuff” I hear you clamour? It’s going to be tough! Can I convince myself that I have enogh metal already? I am going to try, all the above seems more than enough to be getting on with. The other vow that I have made to myself is that I will never play anymore games against the uber-competitive, the ill-mannered , nor the chronically negative so my dance card may be shortened😗I would like to thank Louen for this decision.

Will this mean more time spent on other things like your family? No, I’m just aiming to save money not change the habits of a lifetime.

New ventures? Battlefield and museum visits have been almost completely absent for the last two or three years, so these will return to the calendar. Will I be taking my loot to Salute 2017? To be decided…….


I cycled to work today. As I passed the coughing tramps and come hither looks of Cardiff’s riverside community, one must remind oneself that I’ve saved another £3.80 train fare , plus I don’t have to pretend to be asleep when the work colleagues clamber aboard. Life is good and if you are mobile and have your health and family why what could possibly go wrong? Happy New You dear friends😖